James Palmer

James Palmer


What do you do at Blackbird?

I find and back Aotearoa's most ambitious founders who solve truly painful problems.

What did you do before Blackbird?

I've taken a random walk through finance. Corporate Banking > Corporate Development & Strategy > Venture Capital. Most recently I worked for NZ Growth Capital Partners investing in VC funds (Blackbird included!) and seed stage companies.

What do you believe that others do not?

Naivety is a strength. To solve unreasonably challenging problems and build generational companies it helps to be naive about  1) just how hard it will be; and 2) how people have tried to solve that problem before them.